The Detroit Lions came up with a huge victory on Thursday, taking a commanding lead of the NFC North. Time to commemorate some players for their great performance.
But before we do, here are the Game Ball standings after 11 weeks:
17 - Matthew Stafford
6 - Theo Riddick
5 - Sam Martin
5 - Marvin Jones
5 - Eric Ebron
4 - Rafael Bush
3 - Andre Roberts
3 - Darius Slay
3- Golden Tate
3 - Matt Prater
2 - Kerry Hyder
1 - Devin Taylor
1 - Ameer Abdullah
1 - Johnson Bademosi
1 - Miles Killebrew
Alright, here are the candidates for Thanksgiving.
I don’t need to say anything here. A poor pass interference call on Slay may have cost the Lions an interception early, but Slay made up for it with an amazing game-winning interception in the final minute of the game. Big. Play. Slay.
Prater didn’t make one clutch kick on Thursday. He made two. First, a 48-yarder tied up the game with just 1:45 left. Then minutes later Prater booted the game-winner from 40 yards with no problem. Prater may be the most clutch kicker in Lions history. Sorry, Jason.
Boldin was the Lions’ biggest offensive weapon against the Vikings, pulling in seven catches for 69 yards and a score. Boldin was there to pick up every important third down, and he has quietly become the Lions’ best red zone option. He leads all Lions receivers with six touchdowns this season.
Whitehead may have been to blame for the big 41- yard gain to Jared McKinnon, but he otherwise played a solid game. He led all player with 12 total tackles, including one tackle for loss. Linebacker play looked much improved in this game and it was a major reason Detroit was able to hold Minnesota to just 13 points.
This was not Stafford’s best game by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a good defense. Stafford started the game-tying drive at his own 2-yard line and drove down the field with relative ease. Stafford was amazing maneuvering the pocket this game, and he added an extra 30 yards on the ground to help aide the offense.